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Project Andromeda

by Gunndykol


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Date Published

Feb. 13, 2018

Date Built

Feb. 10, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C


New computer for gaming, live streaming, and video production.

Previously running a 6700k system and while it was still fine for gaming, it just wasn't cutting it with streaming and video production work; as I am planning on trying to actually grow a YouTube/Twitch presence in 2018 and wanted a foundation to build on. Chose Intel over AMD because Intel performs better overall plus was a better price to performance offer for me since I got the 7820x brand new from Intel for $297 (special pricing).

I've been sitting on a Dark Base Pro 900 White edition for a few months trying to decide what to do with it, and figured this would be a good use. Had to make some panels and small modifications to make better use of the space for my needs. While not a lot of custom mod work, it's the most I've done to date on a computer build and was surprised at how well it turned out for a beginner.

I really wanted to do dual 1080 TI's, but with the current prices it wasn't in the cards. I'll consider the GTX 2000 series when they come out this year and see if it makes sense to upgrade then or maybe I can grab a 1080ti at that time when people are offloading them.

Feel free to visit my Twitch channel and YouTube page in 2018. They are rather barren right now...but hopefully 2018 will bring new content and regular uploads (as long as my normal 9 to 5 allows it).

Currently running at 4.7Ghz stable on all cores. Still working on figuring out how far I can push it. 4.8 has been possible, but still working on voltage tweaks to see if I can make it stable and keep temps reasonable at the same time. Went with Intel platform



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TacoNinja 2 Builds 3 points 10 months ago

I really love that desk shape and setup

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 3 points 10 months ago


Please feature this

customgtp 21 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

I like this a lot. Looks extremely similar to the project pc I'm working on right now. I was going to go red coolant but drained it and going back to white. The red looks great in yours though +1


bladd12001 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

take my suggestion with a grain of salt here;

maybe a white desk would work better to tie in the color scheme of the build with the rest of the setup. I know you already have the red LED's going on on the back of the desk itself, I just suggest that to help make the setup more cohesive.

as ia said take it with a grain of salt, or you have the opportunity to ignore this. other than that you have a wonderful build that will do all that you ask of it. +1

Gunndykol submitter 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I understand where you are coming from, and in the pictures here I definitely see the point. However, when you are standing at the door to my office the oak finish desk (which are IKEA kitchen counter tops btw) actually match the other furniture in the room. Only thing that doesn't fit is the blue carpet (but hey...it's what came with the house for now) :-).

I usually run the desk LEDs white like the case, but something is going wrong with them and the blue LEDs are out on 1/2 the strip. So I have it switched to red for now until I order a new strip off Amazon.

someta 4 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

+1 for IKEA counter top tables the awesome pc!

bladd12001 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

ok, as I had said it was an option.

_Unphazed_ 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Beautiful workspace and pc. Thanks for getting those 90's parallel... It makes me cringe so hard looking at so many builds that other people post and they didn't take the time to put that last little bit of effort into. Only opinion I have that would complete everything would be a multi monitor stand to free up some of the beautiful led glow.

PerfectionPersonified 1 point 9 months ago

Is the CPU delidded? and also, may i know what sensor is that you are using to display the temperature?

Gunndykol submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

The CPU is not delidded. It runs at 4.7GHz stable at about 55 degrees under normal gaming load. Jumps up to 70 degrees when rendering.

I am using the XSPC G/14" plug sensor that comes with the XSPC LED display. It is tapped into a Q fitting that is at the bottom of the hard line tube running from the top res to the front res (just before it goes under the HDD sled...which is also where the Koolance Flow Meter is at).

Here is the part http://www.performance-pcs.com/lcd-temperature-display-white-v3-g1-4-plug-sensor.html

PerfectionPersonified 1 point 9 months ago

That's some impressive temperatures for a non delidded chip. Is that koolance flow meter working out well for you? I considered having that for my build as well. Dropped the idea when i read that it only supports 6,10 & 13 mm ID's and mine being 12mm.

Gunndykol submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yeah....I'm very impressed with the temps I'm getting. While I may not have gotten the best overclocking chip....getting one that runs rock solid a 4.7 GHZ at only 1.165 volts helps keep it cool. I've been tweaking my fan curves and it now idles at 29c and maxes out a 71 while rendering video (all cores 100%). Full stress test still hits 90.....but that's not real workloads.

The Flow meter actually works out well. While it only states support for those three sizes, That covers most tubes. My 16mm OD/ 12mm OD is close enough to 13mm to give accurate enough readings. May not be exact...but as long as I can see flow in the 1.0 - 1.6 LPM range...I know everything is flowing and in the "sweet spot" range, even if not exact.

EpicE02 0 points 10 months ago

Just wondering, regardless of money, what is the best for gaming motherboard one can buy? Is it the one used in this build?

Gunndykol submitter 3 Builds 4 points 10 months ago

If you are ONLY worried about gaming....then currently a top end Z370 motherboard is the best option. Pair it with a I7-8700K or I5-8600K for the best gaming FPS in most modern AAA games.

However, I would be hesitant right now to buy z370; because its not really what Intel had planned for Coffee Lake CPUs. It's just z270 with modified power delivery to the CPU to support Coffee Lake (8000 series processors). Intel pushed up Coffee Lake release big time to try and counter AMD grabbing mainstream market share with their 8c/16t and 6c/12t Zen chips.

z390 is supposed to come out later this year and include the other improvements that were slotted to come with the Coffee Lake platform. Most notably better USB 3.1 Gen2 support. Either way z390 will probably be the end of the line before z400 series motherboards are released for Icy Lake chips when Intel releases those. Since Icy Lake is based off of a 10nm node, it will require a new motherboard chipset (hence the z400 series line).

EpicE02 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks for the info, and great build btw :)

MjolnirThunder 1 point 10 months ago

My god, Intel really dropped the ball with upgrade-ability. Skylake can only go as far as Kaby Lake assuming the specific board has its BIOS updated, then Kaby Lake is a dead-end as Coffee Lake CPUs aren't backwards compatible, and now Icy Lake sounds like it will be more of the same.

Gunndykol submitter 3 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Any chipset that come with Icy Lake will probably be compatible for 2 generations of CPU. Intel usually does 2 CPUs with each chipset in their mainstream platform. Skylake and Kaby Lake both worked on z170 (although z270 came out it wasn't required). Every mainstream chipset since z57 has supported 2 CPU generations as far as I know.

Coffee Lake was an unfortunate situation for Intel. I think they were caught sleeping a little bit with Ryzen. Obviously Coffee Lake (and the bump from 4c/8t to 6c/12t) has been in the works before Ryzen even came out (it takes years to design and fab a new plaform). However, I don't think Intel expected Ryzen to end up as good of a price to performance option as it is and forced them to react.

I fully expect 10nm motherboards to offer 2, if not 3 generations of CPU for Intel going forward though unless AMD falls into obscurity again if AMD can't maintain their progress with Zen2 and Zen3.

MjolnirThunder 1 point 10 months ago

Whichever motherboard can help you achieve the highest stable overclocks I would imagine. I'm sure some of it depends on what family of processors you use as motherboards can be selective about it. The one used here for example cannot be paired with a Coffee Lake CPU.

EpicE02 0 points 10 months ago

To clarify, compatible with Intel CPUs

Raiderboy105 2 points 10 months ago

Motherboards aren't optimized for gaming in the sense that one will give you better FPS than the other. It depends on what features you need that determine which motherboard to get.. Also, depends what Intel Socket Type your CPU is. PCPartpicker has a built in compatibility filter that will help you make sure there aren't issues.

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

The Asus z370-e is the best board in my opinion.

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Depends on family and socket